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25.06.2024
Can you recommend something to regulate a lazy thyroid and keep cortisol levels regulated? I have a lot of belly fat as well and I cannot get it under control.
All glands communicate with each other using hormones as chemical messengers so, for example, the adrenal hormones communicate with all glands including the thyroid and vice versa. If you are struggling with belly fat then perhaps consider supporting the thyroid with Thyroid Complex which contains nutrients to enhance thyroid hormone synthesis and so help metabolism.
Can you recommend something to regulate a lazy thyroid and keep cortisol levels regulated? I have a lot of belly fat as well and I cannot get it under control.
Vitamin B1 in a strength of 500 mg per day has been reported in some studies to repel mosquitoes and other flying insects. I would recommend taking it seven to ten days before your holiday and during the holiday.
I have recently developed dry flaky patches on my scalp which are very itchy and if I scratch them, they bleed. I have not changed shampoo or used anything new. Is there anything you can suggest that may help?
There are many causal factors for a dry, itchy scalp and they include both external and internal factors such as dermatitis, stress, hormonal changes, lack of essential fats in one's diet and changes in temperature. I would suggest that you take an Omega 7 supplement, such as Sibu Omega 7 capsules, which work to replenish ceramides in skin and on the scalp since a lack of these may be the most obvious case.

Fulvic Mist is a rejuvenating mist that works to calm down microinflammation in the scalp, deeply nourishing the follicles and helping to alleviate itching. The reduction in microinflammation often addresses a dry scalp too, so please apply to the scalp every other day, or two or three times a week.
18.06.2024
Can you recommend the right product for my elderly father who has taken medication that has thinned his skin and now has very distressingly dry areas on his arms and legs. It seems as if having lost his moisture levels he is now prone to a host of irritations, flaky patches, rashes and a lot of discomfort. Basic emollients aren’t effective enough. Do you have any recommendations?
Although mostly steroidal, there are medications which do thin skin, making it more prone to dryness and inflammation.This is because the tiny oil particles, called ceramides, are lost and these are the particles that keep skin moisturised, so we need to take an approach that works both from the inside and outside and I recommend taking Omega-7 Sea Buckthorn Oil capsules daily. This is an essential fatty acid that is used to moisturise dry skin conditions ranging from dry eyes to dry skin on the face and body. It is totally safe with almost all medications and I think it is paramount in restoring a healthy skin barrier. Topically, I would suggest using Gloves In A Bottle Hand Shielding Lotion. More than an artificial moisturiser, this cream acts in two ways by forming a barrier against moisture loss and by providing long lasting moisture and hydrating benefits. It is suitable for any area on the body.
I have always had fine hair, but in the last few years I seem to shed hair a lot more. My diet is good and varied, I take statins and a tablet for high blood pressure, so I am not sure if this has any relevance. Can you please help.
Statins rarely cause hair loss but some beta blockers used for high blood pressure may cause hair loss. I would suggest that you take Ionicell for Women containing Fulvic Acid which is generally recognised as safe for use with statins and blood pressure medications. Fulvic Acid is a nutrient that holds 65+ minerals and trace minerals that deeply nourish the body including the scalp follicles with ionic minerals whilst also enhancing keratin and collagen production. As always, please take any supplement, such as Ionicell, at least two hours away from any medication, just to be prudent.
Is there a supplement you can recommend to help with rheumatoid arthritis?
I would recommend Superior Joints at a dose of two capsules once daily. Superior Joints contains Natural Eggshell Membrane which has been clinically studied and found to have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Natural Eggshell Membrane contains two rare amino acids including proline which are thought to encourage healthy cartilage production. This supplement also contains hyaluronic acid to cushion the cartilage matrix in between bones, as well as turmeric and ginger to encourage circulation in order to remove the acids that cause pain and stiffness. For the majority, pain relief is often within days and the supplement is safe to be taken on an ongoing basis or for as long as is necessary. Superior Joints does not stimulate the immune system, so it is beneficial for both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
11.06.2024
I wondered if there were any products you could recommend for a long haul flight please? We as a family always seem to end up with an illness after the flight so if there's anything that would help give a boost this would be much appreciated.
I always recommend Daily Immunity capsules prior to long haul flights. This supplement contains herbs that enhance white blood cell counts, probiotics to enhance immunoglobulins which support the immune system, vitamins C and D, as well as mushroom extracts which all work in varying ways to support the immune system and to ensure that the immune response is quick and efficient to any pathogen. Altitude Oil is an aromatherapy blend which is formulated to clear the sinuses and head as well as offer some antimicrobial and antiviral properties
I caught a cough mid-January and haven't been able to shift it despite taking antibiotics and steroids, but as soon as I finish them it simply returns. It feels like it is caught at the back of my throat and often I feel there is something stuck in my nose but there isn't anything there. Do you have any suggestions?
It could be that there is inflammation in the entire respiratory tract that may be causing post-nasal drip that often results in a cough. I suggest two herbal remedies, Plantago Tincture and Bronchoforce Tincture. Mix 15 drops of each together in some water and drink this three times a day. Plantago soothes the mucus membranes in the nasal cavity whilst Bronchoforce contains Ivy to soothe the chest, and Thyme to open up the airways to help ease congestion and stop the cough reflex.
I was reading your article about B1 preventing mosquito bites. Can I ask if it is safe for a nine-year-old child.
would not recommend taking vitamin B1 in children under twelve years of age and would rely on topicals to repel all flying insects such as Mosi-Guard which is a natural DEET-free insect repellent suitable for use in children over six months of age. This insect repellent contains Citridiol derived from the lemon eucalyptus tree and can provide up to eight hours of protection.
04.06.2024
My daughter-in-law suffers badly from psoriasis which is all over her body, legs, arms, hands. Can you please recommend products for her to take or use which can help.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune concern so your daughter-in-law has to ensure that she is not taking immune boosting herbs at any time of the year as this can make matters worse. I have found the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to be very useful. According to TCM, something in the bloodstream causes inflammation since psoriasis is not contagious and this theory sits well with me because whenever I recommend a good liver cleanser, the condition improves considerably. It may be prudent to use Milk Thistle Liver Complex as this supplement contains a comprehensive range of herbs which work on both the phases of the liver detoxification cycle helping to neutralise toxins and eliminate them from the body.

Topically, the African sausage tree, Kakadu plum and other soothing and calming herbs work well to relieve inflammation and encourage healthy cell production since it is this proliferation of cells due to inflammation caused by the immune system that causes these skin lesions.
I just wondered if you had any thoughts on how to deal with labyrinthitis and an inner ear infection.
Labyrinthitis (LB) is usually caused by some sort of an inner ear infection leading to inflammation which then disturbs the fine hairs in the ear canal which, in turn, causes vestibular neuritis, disorientation and vertigo. I have found that two remedies work effectively. The first, Plantago Tincture, works to unblock mucus even in the inner ear and is often used for glue ear. It has mild antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory properties which helps calm inflammation. Ginger capsules will also help address these symptoms.
I have a friend who is on blood thinning medication and has to be careful what other medication she can take. She suffers with aches and pains every day, so can you suggest something natural she could take.
Aches and pains may be associated with a number of concerns notably menopause and beyond, but also perhaps due to a magnesium deficiency which is very common in the adult population since magnesium is a mineral involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body including muscle and nerve function. Magnesium is a safe mineral and can be combined with most medications, so I would recommend DoSe Magnesium Complex at a dose of one capsule daily. Magnesium Complex contains several magnesium compounds to help alleviate pain, enhance energy, cleanse the gut, together with many other benefits.
28.05.2024
I would be inclined to deeply nourish the scalp follicles by taking a supplement containing Fulvic Acid which provides 65+ minerals and trace elements. Additionally, this supplement helps reduce any underlying inflammation in the body including the scalp, which can only be beneficial.
I would be inclined to deeply nourish the scalp follicles by taking a supplement containing Fulvic Acid which provides 65+ minerals and trace elements. Additionally, this supplement helps reduce any underlying inflammation in the body including the scalp, which can only be beneficial.
I have been diagnosed with trigger finger in my thumb joint. I had a steroid shot last year, but I do not want to continue with steroids and the swelling and pain has returned so I'm wondering what you would suggest.
Conventional treatments for a trigger finger involve ice and heat, as well as anti-inflammatory medications whether steroidal or simply analgesic type medications. I have found the following regimen to be of value in helping to not only alleviate pain but to also help ease movement. Firstly, please take a magnesium supplement such as Magnesium Complex. Magnesium is a mineral that helps to relax muscles, tendons and nerves and we need this to occur since the tendon or the tunnel that the tendon runs through can get inflamed and cause this effect.

I would also prefer to use a quality curcumin supplement such as Turmeric Curcumin C3 Complex. This supplement provides three of the most-studied curcumin type compounds found in turmeric with an extract from black pepper called BioPerine which enhances the utilisation of these powerful natural anti-inflammatory compounds. Finally, please apply Capsicum and Ginger Warming Cream twice a day. Capsicum is the extract from chilli peppers which numbs pain. Ginger enhances localised circulation and the combination helps to enhance movement and alleviate localised pain.
I am hoping that you might be able to advise me on supplements for my 21-year-old daughter who is vegan. Can you please list some products in order of priority to help me convince her to supplement her diet.
Instead of trying to convince your daughter to take multiple supplements, perhaps it would be prudent for her to start with a specific multivitamin for vegans or those following a plant-based diet such as Viridian Nutrition Essential Vegan Multivitamin which contains the higher amounts of B12 and iron required.
21.05.2024
I suffer from migraines. I am on a preventive treatment but have also heard that magnesium oxide could be a good idea and wonder what you think about this please?
Magnesium oxide and many other magnesium compounds will all be of benefit to varying degree in preventing and treating migraines. Magnesium deficiencies are extraordinarily common and I would recommend that you take one capsule daily of Magnesium Complex which provides magnesium oxide together with several other magnesium compounds which provides the hundreds of benefits magnesium is involved in.
Will Diosmin Plus help with anal fissures or can you recommend anything else?
Viridian Organic Horse Chestnut Balm is an excellent topical used for the fast relief of pain, itching, swelling and discomfort as a result of fissures in the anal area. I would also recommend the amino acid L-Arginine HCl. Arginine is a very important amino acid which displays multiple benefits to the body including enhanced circulation, and so is cardioprotective, as well as supporting the immune system. There are several studies which have concluded that oral supplementation of L-arginine at high doses could heal the wound and improve clinical symptoms. I suggest a dose of one tablet three times a day, preferably away from food.
I am going through quite a tough time at the moment and I’m feeling a little down. I have taken St John’s Wart in the past, but I’m now on Tamoxifen and you can’t take St John’s Wort with Tamoxifen. I’ve seen lots of recommendations for anxiety supplementation, but I don’t feel anxious just a little down. Additionally, I’m not sure what I can take with my medication.
It might be prudent for you to take Terranova Vitamin B Complex with Vitamin C at a dose of one capsule twice a day. The B complex vitamins display a multitude of benefits which include energy enhancement, drive by enhancing dopamine levels, nerve calming and enhance what we call ‘the stress response’, which is the ability of the body to deal with symptoms of feeling a bit under the weather. These vitamins do not have oestrogenic properties, which would be contraindicated with Tamoxifen, so I would recommend this supplement which is food-derived for maximum utilisation of both these vitamins. Please take a couple of hours away from Tamoxifen just to be prudent.
14.05.2024
My son-in-law has been suffering with a severe cracked heel, to the extent that it has been bleeding. Can you explain the cause for this and a solution?
Often, dry cracked heels are associated with a lack of essential fatty acids in one's diet because it is EFA’s that help to manufacture ceramides which, in turn, help to moisturise skin. Omega-7s are very important for dry skin and they can be taken without any side effects. Cracked Heel Treatment with a blend of several butters, oils and chemical exfoliators, would be a topical solution.
I was wondering if you had a recommendation for Skeeter Syndrome, which is a severe reaction to mosquito bites.
Conventional treatment for a severe allergic reaction involves the use of antihistamines, topical creams and allergy shots. Certainly, nettle extracts work to inhibit histamine as well as eliminate a variety of toxins, which is why they are often used for allergies and may prove to be useful.
The skin on my arms is very thin. If I knock against something a blood blister comes up. How can I strengthen my skin?
You should ideally introduce bioflavonoids, also known as Vitamin P, into your regimen. Rutin is a great source of bioflavonoids which work to strengthen all soft tissues in the body such as capillaries, arteries, veins, as well as skin prone to bruising. Take one tablet twice a day of Rutin and Vitamin C + Bioflavonoids which contains other bioflavonoids together with vitamin C to further support skin health.
07.05.2024
My grandchildren, aged 11-15, are all suffering very badly from Hay Fever. The usual suspects are puffy eyes, stuffy or runny nose, difficulty breathing, coughs and feeling totally run down. The 15-year-old will soon start on his GCSEs. Most antihistamines proved useless. Can you please suggest a strategy that will make their lives easier for the next few months?
Aller-DMG is suitable for children over 12 years so this supplement is the most comprehensive one to inhibit histamine production, calm inflammation in the respiratory tract and has proven to be beneficial. If the 11-year-old is of a healthy weight, or big boned, then I see no problem using this supplement too. My second recommendation sounds a bit messy, but using Haymax in the nostrils reduces the amount of pollen lodging onto the nasal membranes and so mitigates the allergy to some extent.
My partner has gastrological issues where his body seems unable to break down fats. Although he's seen a number of consultants, who have put him on Creon and Esomeprazole, we haven't found a solution that works. Is there anything you can recommend please?
Creon is normally used for people who cannot manufacture digestive enzymes in particular lipase for digesting fats. I guess that the proton pump inhibitor is not ideal because on one hand it is trying to stop acid production, but stopping acid means that your digestion does not begin. I believe that your partner should use a digestive enzyme supplement which contains all the enzymes to break down proteins (improper breakdown of proteins is often responsible for reflux) and also contains lipase for fats.
Please could you recommend a product for my mother who appears to have a rather nasty bout of gout. She is 76-years-old and is on high blood pressure medication, she is also pre-diabetic.
Gout is a form of arthritis where uric acid deposits around the joints tissues, particularly on the feet causing pain and discomfort. The supplement Uric Acid Control will help to reduce levels of uric acid and so alleviate pain and the destruction that this acid causes to our joint tissues. It can be used on an ongoing basis to also help reduce recurrences. Uric Acid Control is deemed to be safe for those taking blood pressure medications and for pre-diabetics. As always take any supplement, including Uric Acid Control, a couple of hours away from any medication just to be prudent.
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